This is YOUR space to tell the world that as young people, #WeAreREADY to decide what we need to live a healthy life, as a young person living with or affected by HIV, whatever our circumstances, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.
One way we can do this is get more engaged in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – a flashy term for some important targets to make the world a better place – which include some to do with HIV and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). As young people, we want to make sure our voices are heard.
The thing is, we know all too well how much HIV affects us as young people. There are 2 million of us living with HIV worldwide. And in sub-Saharan Africa, only 10% of young men and 15% of young women aged 15 to 24 know our HIV status.
We know that the targets won’t be met if we aren’t included. That’s why we started the READY movement… to show that we are ready to engage in the HIV response on a much bigger scale.
READY isn’t just one powerful word to show our enthusiasm.
READY is a movement of organisations that are led by young people, which aim to promote resilient and empowered adolescents and young people.
Those of us living with HIV face so many challenges when it comes to relationships, mental health, HIV treatment, contraceptive choices and stigma.
There are lots of reasons for this, including how difficult it is to access information and services, living under harmful gender norms, our experiences of stigma and being excluded from society.
Why do we need a READY movement?
Because the best way to meet the needs of young people living with HIV is to use the energy, creativity and knowledge of those most affected: that’s us – young people.
“Movements challenge and disrupt. They are restless and determined. They often make society, elites and institutions deeply uncomfortable as they challenge accepted values, priorities and procedures.” – Halima Khan, Executive Director, Nesta Health Lab
The more we engage young people around the world to demand our rights to a healthy life, the more people at the ‘top’ will listen.
We want many different groups of people to be READY:
- Young people ready to make informed decisions about their health and rights
- Parents and caregivers ready to support young people to talk about sexuality
- Service providers ready to provide youth-friendly services
- Decision-makers ready to champion access to information and services for adolescents and young people living with HIV.
Who is READY?
Janet Bhila“As an excited young person representing adolescents, I am very confident that the coming years will contribute to the development of many global initiatives that focus on changing the lives of adolescents. We are READY to make a difference.”
Bwire Moses"We can’t continue doing business as usual; it’s time we evolve towards an approach where young people and adolescents are fully involved in designing and implementing programmes that target them."
How do you join the movement?
In 2018, the movement will drive the #READYtoDecide campaign to end gender inequality for adolescent girls and young women. This is key to ending the HIV epidemic. It’s time for her to decide. For her human rights to be honoured. For her voice to be heard.
Get involved today!
- Follow the READY movement on and
- Read and share the latest READY newsletter
- Tweet your support and tell us what your friends, families, communities and governments can do to end gender inequality using the hashtags #WeAreREADY and #READYtoDecide
Show your support for the READY movement around these key events and dates in 2018.